MADISON, WI — Officials with the Wisconsin DNR say the public has even greater opportunities this year to weigh in on proposed fish and wildlife rules at this year’s Spring Hearings.
The Spring Hearing input process allows the public the opportunity to comment and register their support or opposition to DNR proposed rule changes as well as Congress proposals that could someday become the rules that regulate fishing, hunting, trapping and other outdoor recreation activities in Wisconsin.
This year, the DNR will be presenting 49 proposed rule change questions for input.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Spring Hearings & Wisconsin Conservation Congress’ (WCC) annual county meetings will be held in each county of the state, on Monday, April 8, starting at 7 p.m.
People interested in natural resources management will have the opportunity to provide their input and testimony on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to conservation and fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin.
The DNR and WCC will also provide an online option for input for anyone who isn’t able to attend a hearing in person, or for those who’d rather provide input at the hearing using their smart phone.
For security reasons, and also to ensure the integrity of the results, individuals will be required to sign in to use the online version, just as they do in person.
People who want to attend in person can find meeting locations on the DNR website.
Anyone who attends a hearing in person but would rather provide their input using the online option instead of the paper form, can choose to get a random verifiable number (RVN) at the hearing instead of an input form.
The RVN can then be entered into the online form when prompted.
Citizens may also submit ideas to address conservation needs or concerns they observe through the WCC resolution process. County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress and to vote for the WCC delegates to represent them on the Conservation Congress. However, providing input on resolutions or participating in the WCC election will continue to require in-person participation.
People interested in attending the hearings are encouraged to review the questionnaire online prior to the April 8 hearings and should arrive at the hearing location early to register before the hearings begin at 7 p.m.